Healthy Schools

The MCM Kids Run hosts school groups from the Metro DC area, many from Northern Virginia, as part of the Healthy School Award challenge. The top five schools with the most registered student participants are honored with the Healthy School Award. This award includes a monetary donation to the school's physical education department from MCM partner Sodexo.

In addition to a ceremonial presentation of the Healthy School Award, schools receive a Jump with Jill, a high energy nutrition show focusing on healthy habits, recognition award, prizes from Silver Diner and option to receive a healthy snack for each student delivered to the school from Sodexo.

School Info

Is your school motivated to be healthy? Are your students active? Register your school to participate in the MCM Kids Run to be held Saturday, October 27.

Group registration for schools requiring 50 or more entries for 2018 MCM Kids Run is available in September. Groups with fewer than 50 runners are instructed to register through the MCM Kids Run general registration opening April 11.

To facilitate participation, school group coordinators may contact Sandra Osborn-Peters at or 703-784-2357.

2017 Winners

The top five schools with the largest number of student participants in the 2017 MCM Kids Run are recognized as the Healthy School Award winners. These schools registered hundreds of students through the dedicated efforts of faculty, administration, parents and PTA. The 2017 Healthy Schools are Alexandria City's George Mason Elementary (223 students) and James K Polk Elementary (327). Lynbrook Elementary in Fairfax County saw 288 students participate in the one mile run. Arlington County's Claremont Immersion (332) and Taylor Elementary (318) also registered impressive numbers of runners.

Celebrating Arlington County Schools

MCM Director Rick Nealis and Sodexo District Manager Terry Hardaway presented Taylor Elementary School and Claremont Immersion School with Healthy School Awards at the February 2017 Arlington County School Board meeting.

Arlington County School Board Members join Terry Hardaway, Sodexo District Manager and MCM Director Rick Nealis to recognize faculty and staff including principals Jessica Panfil of Claremont Immersion and Harold Pellegreen of Taylor Elementary from the winning schools.

Recognizing Alexandria City Schools

At the February 2017 meeting of the Alexandria City Public School Board, MCM Director Rick Nealis and Sodexo District Manager Terry Hardaway present Healthy School Awards to the Principal PreeAnn Johnson of James K. Polk Elementary and to Principal Brian Orrenmaa of George Mason Elementary. James K. Polk had the largest participation of the five schools receiving the award.

About Sodexo

Sodexo's goal is to be a leader in supporting student engagement and improving Quality of Life for the entire school community. By focusing on Quality of Live Services, we enhance the overall experience of a student's educational journey, which helps to ensure their success. From preschool through post grad, in public and private schools, and on campuses of every kind, Sodexo creates clean, safe living and learning environments that inspire and drive success.

Sodexo partners with school districts to improve Quality of Life for students and staff by enhancing student wellness & engagement, managing school facilities, reducing operation costs, and improving sustainability.

School Award Photos